Urban Chroniclers in Modern Latin America
The Shared Intimacy of Everyday Life
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Texas Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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This project was, for many years, an important part of my everyday lifeÃ¢ÂÂtoo much so, some of those who lived it with me might say. But it was also a process that I was lucky enough to share with many people along the way. The constant advice and encouragement...
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A somewhat unstructured genre that combines literary aestheticism with journalistic form, the Latin American crÃ³nica, or chronicle, has been surprisingly successful in recent years at consolidating critical recognition with popular appeal. Since the 1970s and 1980s, many of Latin AmericaÃ¢ÂÂs most prominent intellectuals have devoted themselves...
Chapter 1. Cities, Publics, and Urban Chroniclers in Latin America: 1920sÃ¢ÂÂ1930s
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A young man, recently returned to his city after a serious illness, walks through the streets for the first time since his recovery. He observes his surroundings with a mixture of surprise and recognition, as if...
Chapter 2. A Common Citizen Writes Buenos Aires: Roberto ArltÃ¢ÂÂs Aguafuertes porteÃ±as
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Roberto Arlt did not consider himself an academic. Instead, he called himself a man of the streets, of neighborhoods and cafÃ©s, just another citizen among the many who lived Buenos Aires during the 1920Ã¢ÂÂs. In his numerous years as a chronicler, Arlt put this boast...
Chapter 3. Taking Readers for a Ride: MÃ¡rio de AndradeÃ¢ÂÂs TÃ¡xi
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When reflecting on his work as a chronicler, MÃ¡rio de Andrade often expressed himself disparagingly. In the letter to Manuel Bandeira quoted above, he dismisses his column TÃ¡xi as an uninteresting exercise that permits him to earn an income...
Chapter 4. The Chronicler as Streetwalker: Salvador Novo Performs Genre
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In "Bathing Motifs," one of the first articles Salvador Novo published in the weekly magazine El Universal Ilustrado, the nineteen-year-old author dwells on the pleasures of bathing in the river or sea, discusses the urban experience of the public bath, and wittily teases his readers...
Chapter 5. Overstepping Femininity: The Chronicle and Gender Norms
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Latin American cities in the 1920s were buzzing with conversations on modernity. New technologies and the effects of urban growth might have been the main topics of the day, but other, more intimate changes were also at stake. Some of the most pressing....
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On June 19, 2010, Carlos MonsivÃ¡is passed away in Mexico City after a long fight with pulmonary fibrosis. Although he had been ill for many months, his death caused a collective shock in Mexico. A multitude of heartfelt testimonies...
Appendices: Five Chronicles in Translation, translated by Jacinto R. Fombona
Appendix 3. On the Advantages of Not Being Fashionable, by Salvador Novo
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Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture